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Some truths about immigration


Last updated 10/27/2006 at Noon

The federal government refuses to accomplish one of the top goals of any government: securing its own borders. Instead, it sticks its nose in everyone’s business, even end-of-life decisions. We need the federal government to focus on what it’s supposed to do before it tells us how to run our lives. Without securing our borders, we are not a country; we’re an open land without boundaries. This is what we have been for over two decades… and it is no longer acceptable for the State of California and its citizens.

We don’t need a wall. If there are no jobs, there are no illegal workers.

Employers are the key. Enforce strict sanctions on employers who hire illegal workers. A company can ‘sponsor’ workers if it can prove that no US workers are available. These ‘sponsored’ workers need to be fingerprinted, photographed and provided a health check by the State of California. As legal workers, both the employer and employee will pay taxes into our state employment tax funds and into the Social Security fund. Importantly, these temporary work visas are not a path to citizenship.

California driver’s licenses for illegal workers should not even be discussed by legislators. Temporary workers who have a sponsor or work pass can apply for an international license. In addition to the international driver’s license, California should require that drivers also pass a written California driver’s test and carry proof of car insurance, purchased in California. The state earns income from the written driver’s test and insurance companies will benefit, feeding the California economy.

I worked as a senior executive for a Fortune 500 Company, so I know how to build consensus and get things done within a budget. California needs a moderate voice so we can work together to accomplish common sense goals.

Laurel Nicholson

Candidate for State Assembly, District 66


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